RecipeReview Taste of Home Golden Sesame Braid

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This bread turned out beautiful. I made this with my bread machine so I divided the recipe in half. The inside is moist and the outside is crusty. It tastes a lot like a loaf of Italian bread.

Golden Sesame Braid
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
1-1/2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
4 eggs
7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cold water
2 tablespoons sesame seeds   

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, shortening, sugar, salt, 3 eggs and 4 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. 

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Divide each portion into thirds. Shape each piece into a 12-in. rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking pan; braid. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. 

Beat remaining egg and cold water; brush over braids. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves. 


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